Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force who were said to have colluded with Hamisu Bala, a.k.a. Wadume, a suspected kidnap kingpin, are likely to be dismissed from service, a report has revealed.
Assistant Superintendent of Police, Aondonna Iorbee, the crime officer at the Ibi police division, and Inspector Aliyu, the Ibi station officer, are alleged to have collaborated with Wadume, who was recently rearrested by the police, the Punch reports.
Both officers have been in custody for about two weeks following the initial escape of the suspected kidnapper after a clash between operatives of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Inspector General of Police and soldiers of the 93 Battalion, Takum, in Ibi, Taraba State.
The suspect had earlier escaped from the grasp of the police following a confrontation between soldiers and the IRT operatives, which resulted in the killing of three policemen – Inspector Mark Ediale and Sergeants Usman Danzumi and Dahiru Musa – and an IRT informant – Olajide Owolabi.
According to a senior police source, Iorbee and Aliyu were found to have connived with Wadume and would be dismissed for allegedly colluding with criminals.
Earlier reports had indicated that the crime officer was found to have made over 200 calls to Wadume, while the station officer allegedly tore portions of the station’s incident book indicating the presence of IRT operatives in Ibi to arrest the suspected kidnapper.
“The two officers are still in custody and investigation has shown that they were working hand in-glove with the kidnap kingpin, Wadume. It is unfortunate, but they would lose their entitlements and also end up in jail,” the source said.
Meanwhile, the Joint Investigative Panel set up by the Defence Headquarters, Abuja, to investigate the incident did not submit its report to General Abayomi Olonisakin, the Chief of the Defence Staff, as expected on Monday.
The panel, headed by Rear Admiral Ibikunle Olaiya, was reported to have concluded its investigations on Friday, after questioning soldiers, policemen, civilians and Wadume at the Defence Intelligence Agency, Abuja.
A military source noted that the panel is reviewing all the evidence before submitting its final report to the CDS.
“The panel has stopped inviting witnesses and it is reviewing all the material evidence before it. The panel sat today (Monday) but it was to finalise its report. The CDS may have granted them that extension.
“We need to allow the panel to do a thorough job, and the CDS may have graciously granted them an extension,” the source said.